[Panel] Hybrid and Remote: How Do We Start Making Change Right Now?

The panelists have all been part of organizations that have fully embraced hybrid or remote work, and some were leading that charge. The question is, how do we go back to work next week and start making real changes for the better? What does this mean for the office experience in the future, and how can we ensure equality between all employees, regardless of their location? What does the future hold for all of us in this industry?


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Lena Reinhard

Founder, Coach, Consultant @Lena Reinhard Leadership Coaching & Consulting, Previously VP of Engineering @CircleCI @TravisCI

Lena Reinhard has dedicated her career to building successful, high-performing globally distributed engineering organizations, and helping teams thrive in times of high change like hypergrowth. She now offers transformational leadership coaching and consulting for leaders. Previously, Lena served as VP Engineering with CircleCI and Travis CI, as well as a startup co-founder & CEO, and through her cross-functional background and experience, she brings a unique perspective on systems of technology, business, and people

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Jesse McGinnis

Senior Development Manager @Shopify and Author of Embracing Uncertainty

Growing Eng leaders at Shopify. Helping leaders and teams be their best. I love solving impactful and complex problems and my favourite challenges intersect software, people, and communication. Authored Embracing Uncertainty, offering practical tips and techniques for building and maintaining high-performing teams.

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Alexandra Sunderland

Senior Engineering Manager @fellowapp

Alexandra Sunderland is an engineering leader with over a decade of experience working in both hybrid and remote roles, at companies ranging from 10-person startups to public corporations. She is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Fellow.app, where she is helping to build the future of work. She prides herself on building emotionally-intelligent processes for teams, and sharing her knowledge of management through conference talks and written works. Alexandra is also the author of the book "Remote Engineering Management", the guide for empathetic and people-first management in a remote world.

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Brian Elliott

Executive Leader, Future Forum & SVP @Slack | Author, How the Future Works

Brian Elliott is the Executive Leader of the Future Forum, a consortium launched by Slack to enable leaders to redesign work to be better for people and organisations.

Future Forum is dedicated to helping companies transform in a digital-first world by building a way of working that is flexible, inclusive and connected. It is focused on delivering original research, case studies and position papers, and on convening executives and experts to share insights and debate solutions. Future Forum was founded by Slack and is supported by partners such as Boston Consulting Group, MillerKnoll and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

Previously, Brian was the Vice President and General Manager of Platform at Slack, where he oversaw platform strategy and execution. Slack’s platform integrates with over 2,500 enterprise tools from leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Salesforce and Workday, and supports over one million active developers building solutions for their own teams.

Before Slack, Brian was General Manager of Google Express, Google’s full-stack commerce platform. Prior to Google, Brian was CEO at software and e-commerce start-ups. Before that, Brian was a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group.

Brian received a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University, Illinois, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His work has been published and cited in Harvard Business ReviewFortunethe Economist and The New York Times.

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